Black Diamond Equipment Appoints Rick Vance as Quality Director

SALT LAKE CITY, July 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Diamond Equipment, a global innovator in climbing, skiing, mountain sports equipment and apparel, and a subsidiary of Black Diamond, Inc. (NASDAQ:BDE) (the “Company”), has appointed Rick Vance as director of quality, effective August 1, 2016.

Vance will oversee all aspects of Black Diamond Equipment’s quality policy, controls and processes. This includes controls and practices within Black Diamond Equipment’s Salt Lake manufacturing operations and the integration of the quality department into product design and development. Vance will serve on Black Diamond Equipment’s management team and participate in executive-level management of the company.

“As Black Diamond Equipment’s U.S. manufacturing capacity grows alongside the demand for our products, it is critical that we maintain the integrity of our supply chain and the quality of our products,” said Mark Ritchie, president of Black Diamond Equipment. “In joining our executive team, not only does Rick fulfill a key role, but he also brings a wealth of working knowledge capable of refining operations across our business and developing the next generation of our global supply chain.”

Vance previously worked at Petzl America, where he was responsible for product quality control and managed the Petzl Technical Institute as their technical director. He was also a member of Petzl’s global management team and reported directly to the company’s chairman and CEO.

Prior to Petzl, Vance served as a senior research engineer for Harold K. Dunn M.D. Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, managing contracts specific to experimental design, testing and reporting of novel prototype orthopedic implant and surgical techniques. In that role, his responsibilities ranged from design of custom automated electro-mechanical testing apparatuses, to control and data acquisition software, to statistical validation and delivery of results to customers.

Earlier, Vance worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center as a mechanical engineer, performing prototype design and testing of automated electro-mechanical, magnetostrictive and hydraulic systems to ensure the U.S. Navy’s compliance with MARPOL Annex V legislation to prevent pollution from ships.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Black Diamond team,” said Vance. “Black Diamond is anchored in a rich heritage serving the core climbing and backcountry ski communities with innovative and beautifully designed products, driven by its core values and ethics. As an industry veteran, I’m very appreciative of the authenticity it lends to our products.”

Vance received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Widener University. His experience in the outdoors industry includes more than two decades of rock, alpine, ice, mountaineering experience and backcountry skiing. Notably, he was a 2015 and 2016 alpine grant recipient of the Mugs Stump Award. Vance serves as secretary of the board of directors for the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) and on the Fall Protection Committee for American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

About Black Diamond Equipment

Black Diamond Equipment is a manufacturer of equipment and clothing for climbing, skiing and mountain sports. By consistently building innovative, standard-setting products and actively preserving the mountain/canyon environment, Black Diamond Equipment has assumed a leadership role in the international outdoor community. For more information on Black Diamond Equipment, visit

About Black Diamond, Inc.

Black Diamond, Inc., through its ownership of Black Diamond Equipment, is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing innovative active outdoor performance equipment and apparel for climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing and a wide range of other year-round outdoor recreation activities. Our principal brands, Black Diamond® and PIEPS™, are iconic in the active outdoor and ski industries, and linked intrinsically with the modern history of these sports. Black Diamond Equipment is synonymous with performance, innovation, durability and safety that the outdoor and action sport communities rely on and embrace in their active lifestyle. Headquartered in Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, our products are created and tested on some of the best alpine peaks, slopes, crags, and trails in the world. These close connections to the Black Diamond Equipment lifestyle enhance the authenticity of our brands, inspire product innovation and strengthen customer loyalty. Black Diamond Equipment's products are sold in approximately 50 countries around the world. For additional information, please visit our corporate website at, as well as or

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Warren B. Kanders
Executive Chairman
Tel 1-203-428-2000


Aaron Kuehne
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Investor Relations:

Cody Slach
Tel 1-949-574-3860

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